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May 3, 2016 at 9:30 am #1201824724
I’m really happy for Carmen Cusack. Definitely the most delightful part of Bright Star and nice to see her pull through.March 23, 2016 at 10:47 pm #600948
You know who I love? Nick Nolte in The Thin Red Line. The way that he captures the ferocity and vulnerability of Lt. Col. Tall is just astounding to me.
Of these, I’d likely say that either Goodman or Harris would be my pick, though I also quite love Thornton and greatly enjoy Coburn. Rush I find entertaining without being enough of a stand-out to really land near my ballot.March 16, 2016 at 2:21 pm #599487
This really was a great year for leading female performances. I like quite a number of the actual nominees, but there’s no doubt that the Academy could have gone a number of much more inspired directions (as per usual).
1) Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
2) Adele Exarchopoulos, Blue is the Warmest Color
3) Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha
4) Sandra Bullock, Gravity
5) Brie Larson, Short Term 12
6) Julie Delpy, Before Midnight (often flip-flops with Bullock and Larson in my rankings)
7) Amy Adams, American Hustle
8) Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Enough Said
9) Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
10) Amy Seimetz, Upstream ColorMarch 12, 2016 at 2:02 pm #169308
^ Yeah, I’ve got to admit, having finally caught up with it last night, that I felt similarly.
I’ve never really had that much of a problem with Malick loosening his ties with conventional narrative structure, but I was just not attached at all to what was going on this time out. I also agree that, as far as interactions go, the ones with Blanchett and Portman seem to have the most power to them, and that otherwise there was very little substance in Bale’s interactions with other characters. Jack Fisk’s production design does a decent job, suggesting a setting that is both overwhelming and hollow at times in the way that fits with the Bale character’s apparent crisis. But that’s pretty much all I got out of it.March 8, 2016 at 2:07 pm #220511
I’ve got to go with The World’s End.March 6, 2016 at 8:17 pm #220415
My personal line-up:
1) Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler (Maybe my favorite performance of the decade so far)
2) Michael Keaton, Birdman
3) Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel
4) David Oyelowo, Selma
5) Tom Hardy, Locke
With Spall probably being my next runner-up.March 2, 2016 at 11:06 am #219825
Some of my top picks could switch here or there. All I know is that the ladies trounced the men this year.
1) Charlotte Rampling
2) Rooney Mara
3) Cate Blanchett
4) Saoirse Ronan
5) Brie Larson
6) Alicia Vikander
7) Michael Fassbender
8) Jennifer Jason Leigh
9) Sylvester Stallone
10) Mark Rylance
11) Tom Hardy
12) Leonardo DiCaprio
13) Matt Damon
14) Christian Bale
15) Kate Winslet
16) Mark Ruffalo
17) Rachel McAdams
18) Bryan Cranston
19) Jennifer Lawrence
20) Eddie RedmayneMarch 1, 2016 at 7:48 am #219525
So, at 23 years old, is Sam Smith currently the youngest living person to have an Oscar (not youngest to win, but in that no one else has been born after 1992)?February 23, 2016 at 3:45 pm #217967
1) The Wolf of Wall Street
2) What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?
3) Catch Me If You Can
4) The Departed
5) Django Unchained
The Aviator is the closest runner-up.
February 20, 2016 at 3:16 pm #367722
1) Arrested Development
2) 30 Rock
3) Modern Family
4) Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
5) Silicon Valley
9) Nurse Jackie
February 20, 2016 at 11:20 am #217569
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is my favorite, but it’s also pretty much the first Jack performance I ever saw, so it left a huge impact. One of my favorite Best Actor wins, though his work in Chinatown is just as good.February 18, 2016 at 11:28 am #217327
Brie Larson got snubbed for Short Term 12 and now she’s winning for Room.
That was literally Daniel’s first example, but it is still a good one.February 18, 2016 at 9:46 am #217159
Noah Baumbach – Best Original Screenplay (The Squid and the Whale)
Neill Blompkamp – Best Adapted Screenplay (District 9)
Guillermo Del Toro – Best Original Screenplay (Pan’s Labyrinth)
J.C. Chandor – Best Original Screenplay (Margin Call)
Michel Gondry – Best Original Screenplay (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind)
Whit Stillman – Best Original Screenplay (Metropalitan)
Chris & Paul Weitz – Best Adapted Screenplay (About a Boy)
There are of course a large number of directors primarily of Animated films who never receive attention in the Best Director category but are given consolation either through a Screenplay nomination or a nomination/win in Animated Feature. Hayao Miyazaki, Pete Docter, Andrew Stanton, and Brad Bird are probably some of the more notable figures in that regard. Also John Lasseter, who won in the Animated Short Film category.February 18, 2016 at 9:20 am #217306
I’m not a huge fan of Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, but the sight of Gus Van Sant counting all of his money on the set of Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season never fails to make me smile.
There’s also Steven Spielberg’s small part as the office clerk at the end of The Blues Brothers.February 18, 2016 at 9:12 am #217317
Some might argue Matthew McConaughey. There were a good number of organizations giving him Supporting Actor mentions for Magic Mike just as his career was turning back around (Wins at New York Film Critics Circle and National Society of Film Critics, plus a nomination at BFCA) and then he of course won the following year for Dallas Buyers Club.
Andrew Garfield is one to watch out for. His omission for The Social Network was given some attention back when it occurred and he had an emotional performance in 99 Homes (though it was largely unnoticed outside of Michael Shannon’s work). This year, he has the lead role in Martin Scorsese’s new film, so I’m curious to see if it’s baity enough to land him some traction this awards season.